Ron Pernick, founder and managing director, oversees the development and production of Clean Edge's thematic stock indexes tracking clean energy, transportation, water, and the grid. Financial products tracking the firm's energy-transition and sustainable-infrastructure indexes exceed $4 billion in assets under management (as of February 2021). Ron is also the co-author of two books on clean-tech business and innovation, Clean Tech Nation (HarperCollins, 2012) and The Clean Tech Revolution (HarperCollins, 2007).
Ron co-authored the first report to identify the business and financial opportunities of clean technology (Clean Tech: Profits & Potential, 2001) and has since helped to popularize the term and advance the sector. He has taught MBA-level courses at Portland State University and New College and is a regular speaker at industry events in the U.S. and abroad. Prior to Clean Edge, Ron worked in the high-tech and telecommunications sectors, including with such early internet pioneers as Global Network Navigator, Internet In A Box, Preview Travel, and the WELL. He holds a BA from Michigan State University, including a year of international studies at Konan University in Kobe, Japan.